Escorting PFC Brandenburg

From his obituary:

PFC William Edward Brandenburg, age 17 of New Miami, was Killed In Action on Monday, November 22, 1943 in Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands in the Pacific Ocean. He was born in New Miami, Ohio on January 3, 1926 the son of Robert and Mattie (Rice) Brandenburg. William enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on November 27, 1942

From other sources I learned that he was killed in the invasion of the island of Betio, the largest in the atoll, two days after landing along with about 1000 other service men.  His remains were there on the island until recently being returned to the US and having been identified with a DNA match with family members.

I, along with many other Patriot Guard members were honored to escort him to his final resting place.  Welcome home Marine.  Thank you for your service.